Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Joker Mad Energy Drink


I walked in a random Mac's convenience store on the weekend looking for a buzz and came across this new energy drink. Joker Mad Energy hails from Quebec and sells for $2.29 a can, which is shockingly cheap when you look at the $3.49 price for a cheap and plain Monster, or Rockstar.

Taste

Price is only a portion of the equation. So how does it taste? Well, like a Red Bull mixed with a bit of the good ol' Monster. The aroma reminds me of a Red Bull with its moderate sweetness and the bite that comes through. The start of each sip also reminds me of a Red Bull, but part way through, the Monster candy sweetness and cough syrup character makes an appearance. Thankfully the sour nature of Red Bull is dominant, because it helps wash off the sweetness and end on a slightly tart note.

Energy

There are 150 mg of caffeine, which is not surprising. The effects are also not surprising with a quick burst of sugary energy, followed by a period of jitters, followed by a period of uncontrollable physical energy, followed by 2-3 hours of just plain physical energy. A mild crash will come at the end of the can and if you are consuming this beverage later on in the day when you don't have as much energy, be ready to experience a full crash.

Scores:
Cost - $2.29
Taste - 7/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 15/20...just an average Red Bull/Monster clone

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Califia Farms Cold Brew Dirty Chai


I got this bottle from a Target in Michigan near the Canadian border for $2.69.

Taste

The aroma is definitely of chai, but there is also a bit of rum, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. The taste is a bit watery at first, but after a few moments the chai kicks in, followed by some cinnamon giving the cold brew a slightly spicy twist. Almond milk is present in subtle amounts, but surprisingly there are no traces of the coffee anywhere. Even the aftertaste is overpowered by the cinnamon and tea notes.

Except for the cinnamon, I found this beverage to be very mild for most parts. It is very easy to drink, but there isn't as much flavor as the other Califia Farms Cold Brews.

Energy

Though it doesn't state that on the bottle, there are 125 mg of caffeine in the 310 mL serving. I was actually surprised by this as I was expecting the caffeine level to be closer to 100 mg.

The effects are quick, but I think that has a bit to do with the spicy twist. I started to wake up and feel focused within 10 minutes of starting to consume this drink and by the 20 minute mark I was pumped and ready to go. I still felt a tiny bit focused, but for the most parts I was just physically energized.

The effects lasted for almost 3 hours and ended without any drama.

General Comments

This beverage has tons of labels on it - GMO free, Vegan, Gluten Free, BPA free and Carrageenan free. The bottle also contains around 45% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

Scores:
Cost - $2.69
Taste - 7.5/10
Energy - 7.5/10

Overall - 15/20...the taste is a bit too light, but the kick is OK

Friday, February 5, 2016

Califia Farms Cold Brew Salted Caramel


I bought this cold brew from a Target in Michgan near the Canadian border, for $2.69.

Taste

This cold brew has a heavy rum aroma with traces of caramel and almond milk. Don't be put off by the rum aroma because it doesn't come through in the taste, which is predominantly almond milk. The caramel doesn't come in until the finish and it is very modest compared to the heavy almond milk. The caramel opens up a bit more in the aftertaste, but you just don't get much of it while drinking. There salt comes as a twist near the end, so don't worry, this is definitely not a salty drink.

Energy

At 75 mg, the Salted Caramel cold brew has the least amount of caffeine out of all the Califia Farms offerings. Consider this when making the purchase.

The effects come moderately quick as it takes about 10 minutes to start feeling any sort of kick. I was very sleepy when I opened the bottle, but around the 10th minute I started to wake up and focus on what I was doing. A few minutes later I felt just the tiniest level of jitters, but that passed quickly. It took another 15-20 minutes to become physically energized and the kick lasted for a little less than 2 hours.

Scores:
Cost - $2.69
Taste - 7.8/10
Energy - 6.0/10

Overall - 13.8/20...a little light for my taste

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Califia Farms Cold Brew Cocoa Noir


I got this bottle from a Target in Michigan, near the Canadian border, for $2.69.

Taste

By far, this flavor has the best aroma out of all the Califia Farms cold brews. Its like I shoved my nose into a frozen McCain Deep 'n' Delicious fudge cake. The taste is not far off, either. You get a rich chocolate flavor right from the start, followed by a complimentary almond milk note and a bit of rum. The sweet chocolate cake flavor and the almond milk actually blend very well together and create an interesting and enjoyable flavor. The finish is where the coffee flavors appear and linger well into the finish.

Very rich and enjoyable.

Energy

There are 105 mg of caffeine in the bottle, which is about the same as a small cup of coffee. The effects become apparent within 10-15 minutes when you start feeling a bit more focused. No jitters here guys! The caffeine starts kicking in after another 20 minutes and gives you around 2 hours of energy without a crash at the end.

Scores
Cost - $2.69
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16/20...my favorite Califia Farms Cold Brew so far

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wild Poppy Peach Vanilla Juice


Wild Poppy Peach Vanilla is a juice that hails from California, but one that I bought from somewhere in Michigan...I think. The $2 juice comes in a 296 mL beautiful glass bottle with a screw top that can be easily sealed. My recollection is that there were quite a few different Wild Poppy flavors, but I decided to go with the orange looking one because I was thirsty and in the mood for orange juice...and apparently really tired because I did not read the label at all.

Oh well, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Or in this case, if your idiot brain f***s up, you deal with it.

OK, first off...the aroma is not pleasant at all. The vanilla is very fragrant and intense on its own, but when mixed with the peach, it creates this musky, dampy, weird smell. But the taste is so damn good. WTF??? OK, new test - plug the nose and just drink.

Back to the taste with my nose all plugged. The juice looks thick with its peach puree and heavy sediment yet it has a surprisingly light mouth feel. You get a hint of fresh, ripe peaches immediately the liquid touches your tongue, but the intense vanilla wipes it all off for a few brief moments, before the ripe peach finish comes and gives you the sensation of you just having finished the best damned peach in the world. Weird...oh wait, the vanilla comes again...ok, now it is weird.

Damn, this vanilla is really killing the flavor. As I said, the vanilla is great on its own, but the combination is just not working for me. Keep the two separate!

Scores:
Cost - ~$2
Taste - 9.5/10 (peach only), 7/10 (peach with vanilla)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Califia Farms Cold Brew XX Espresso


I got this bottle of Califia Farms from a Target in Michigan, near the Canadian border, for $2.69.

Taste

This cold brew has an interesting rum/whisky aroma with a hint of sweet chocolate cake. The taste is heavy on the almond milk, pretty much all throughout. When the almond milk is not dominating your tastebuds, you get hints of vanilla, cocoa and just a bit of coffee near the end of the finish. Very subtle rum hints do appear in the aftertaste, but unlike the aroma, they are not present in the taste.

I was surprised this beverage didn't have a strong coffee flavor near the finish, or even less than subtle hints in the aftertaste.

Energy

According to the Califia Farms website, the bottle contains 150 mg of caffeine, which is exactly what you would get from most 473 mL energy drinks. The energy delivery is much smoother though thanks to the lack of jitters and the boost in focus that you get within 10 minutes. The kick lasts for about 3-4 hours and finishes without any drama.

Scores:
Cost - $2.69
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.4/10

Overall - 16.4/20...more of an almond milk flavor, but it is smooth and has an excellent kick

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Power Toothpaste Launches World’s First Caffeinated Toothpaste

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Hey guys, remember the caffeinated toothpaste I reviewed a few weeks ago? Well, good news everyone, Power Toothpaste has just launched their IndieGoGo campaign and are gearing up for orders. Check out their campaign site and the following press release for more info.

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Power Toothpaste Launches World’s First Caffeinated Toothpaste
Company takes on $12bn oral care industry

BROOKLYN, New York, January 19, 2016 - Today, Power Toothpaste launched the world’s first caffeinated toothpaste on Indiegogo: http://powertoothpaste.com/campaign. After international press coverage from the likes of CBS, Daily Mail, and VICE, and 30,000 sign-ups on www.powertoothpaste.com, this first-of-its-kind oral care product is now available to the public.

Power Toothpaste is the world’s first toothpaste to contain caffeine. Unlike coffee, which takes up to an hour to fully absorb through the stomach, Power Toothpaste begins working immediately, absorbing through the gums and mouth, providing a quick boost of energy before the user is even finished brushing. And like a standard toothpaste, Power Toothpaste still leaves the teeth clean and mouth feeling fresh.

Power Toothpaste has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. This campaign will allow Power Toothpaste to produce its toothpaste at a scale that enables the startup to offer its product to consumers nationally. Special promotional pricing is available during this Indiegogo campaign. A single tube of Power Toothpaste starts at $12 with free shipping, and there are numerous early-bird specials and significant bulk discounts available.

Power Toothpaste was founded by Dan Meropol, a millennial entrepreneur looking to insert a jolt into the multibillion-dollar oral care industry. After learning from an ADA study that only half of Americans floss daily and half of Americans only brush once per day, Dan set out to find a way to get people to take better care of their teeth. Dan spoke to a friend about the problem he was trying to solve – and his friend suggested a caffeinated toothpaste.

“Too many people aren’t taking care of their teeth, even when they know they should,” said Meropol. “At Power Toothpaste we believe a big part of this is that oral care hasn’t been exciting for decades, and the products that Big Toothpaste is offering just aren’t good enough. Our mission is to make oral care fun and exciting again, and above all else, to get people brushing.”

Feedback on early prototypes was so positive that Dan knew he had to turn Power Toothpaste into a business. After a year of development, a partnership with an FDA-compliant American toothpaste manufacturer, and a drove of press coverage, Power Toothpaste is ready for launch.

Power Toothpaste has received coverage from over one hundred media outlets as well as a number of high profile blogs.

Some of the key benefits of the product include:

REVOLUTIONARY SPEED: Power Toothpaste kicks into gear much faster than coffee, absorbing through the mouth and giving the user a boost within minutes after brushing. Power blasts away the morning fog, so users can feel good almost immediately upon waking up.

AFFORDABLE: 90 cups of coffee can cost up to $260. A single tube of Power Toothpaste contains 90 brushes, each of them comparable to a cup of coffee, for the price of $15 with free shipping. Power Toothpaste is $245 cheaper, allowing users to stay energized while saving money.

CONVENIENT: Energy drinks taste horrible in the morning, and obtaining coffee usually requires stopping at a cafe or spending 20 minutes with a coffee machine. In today’s busy world, some people require a quicker and more convenient way to get their morning fix. Power Toothpaste is a revolutionary solution to this problem.

HEALTHY: Power Toothpaste contains the same healthy ingredients as the leading brands to eliminate plaque, reduce stains, and freshen your breath. Not to mention that Power whitens your teeth, compared to coffee which stains and darkens.


About Power Toothpaste
Power Toothpaste is bringing innovation to the oral care market by changing the way people brush their teeth. Power is the world’s first caffeinated toothpaste, giving the user a rush while they brush that is faster, more convenient, and more affordable than coffee and energy drinks. 50% of Americans don’t brush twice a day; Power Toothpaste gives the brusher a boost while incentivizing proper oral hygiene.

Find our press kit at: http://press.powertoothpaste.com

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